Shivaji and Mother; Meera at the Zoo

Photos from Jijabai and shivaji at Jijamata zoo Ranibaug in Mumbai by Arun Shanbhag
Mother Jijabai grooming Shivaji; at Jijamata Zoo Ranibaug

Just in time for Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Jayanti.

In Mumbai, we had visited the Jijamata Gardens and Zoo (Veermata Jijabai Bhosale Udhyan – PraNisangrahalay) named after Shivaji’s mother who had a positive and lasting influence on a young Shivaji. Mumbai’s premier Museum and International Airport are also named after Shivaji. We have all seen many statues of Shivaji, but this one was unique. The mother grooming and sending her son away, as if to go play, but fight for our beliefs and way of life.

I wish it was placed on a lower pedestal, so we could enjoy it better and it would appear that the young Shivaji was going to join other kids in the garden. Continue reading “Shivaji and Mother; Meera at the Zoo”

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